Guitar Hero Live is not the Guitar Hero you remember. Gone are the fictional fantasy worlds and over-the-top shredders on stage. Now we have a band rocking an actual stadium with screaming fans hanging on every note or the song’s actual music video playing like it was on '90s-era MTV. A new controller layout makes playing the GH guitar feel more realistic than ever. I got the chance to try it out at a private pre-E3 event, and what I thought would be an ordinary music game experience really impressed me.
This October, the music genre returns in a big way with the most iconic names in the game bringing all-new efforts to the front. Developed by FreeStyle Games, the team behind the memorable DJ Hero series, Guitar Hero Live isn't just a resurrection of the brand; it's a drastic reinvention of the game that helped launch a craze.
At the front of Guitar Hero's return is a spanking-new controller, one that changes the way you play, while still being familiar enough that it's incredibly easy to fall back into without much effort. But the revamped guitar controller is just the beginning when it comes to FreeStyle's ambitious reworking of a series that desperately needed a kick in the pants.